Saturday, July 10, 2010

Provonetta Pizza


One of the highlights of our gourmet group dinner that we hosted last Sunday was this simple and tasty recipe for this Provonetta Pizza which was served as an appetizer.

I wanted to assign a fairly easy appetizer to one of the couples in our group as they are in the process of trying to change homes and are living in an apartment temporarily with a small kitchen so many of their kitchen supplies and equipment are in storage.

I found the recipe on the Eat Wisconsin Cheese website and it's delicious.  It calls for store-bought pizza dough (which tasted amazingly good!)...My friend chose the most common kind, Pillsbury. I'm certain a home made crust would make this even more exceptional.


Fresh tomatoes and basil made this similar to a Pizza Margherita but with different cheese and the addition of the toasted pine nuts gave each bite a wonderful crunch.  The freshly ground pepper also gave the flavors a nice boost. 

Everyone loved this recipe and it would make a delicious meatless dinner too!

Provonetta Pizza
Adapted from Eat Wisconsin Cheese
Printable Recipe

Serves 6 as an appetizer

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 12-inch purchased pizza crust, par baked according to package directions
4-5 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced horizontally
2 cups (8 ounces) Provolone cheese, shredded
1/4 cup (1 ounce) Parmesan Cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
Black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions:

Preheat oven to 385°F. Combine garlic and olive oil and spread over crust. Arrange evenly in order – tomato slices, Provolone Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, basil, pine nuts and pepper. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until cheese is lightly brown. Pizza also can be made with flat bread crust.

29 comments:

  1. You cannot beat a good crusty and thin pizza as an appetizer. This looks good.

    I think there is absolutely no shame in purchasing store bough dough even in a can. :-)

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  2. Looks delicious, Susan! I'll be making that recipe! I used the canned dough all the time, the kids loved it. I use dough from the pizza place but can't get it that thin.

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  3. This looks so delicious! Love the colors and wonderful flavors. This is a must try! We just returned from a trip the included the western part of Wisconsin. I am intrigued by the Eat Wisconsin Cheese website!

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  4. This pizza looks wonderful!!

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  5. I actually don't think I've had provolone on pizza, which is SUCH a shame! It looks fantastic.

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  6. Yum! I could make a meal on that!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  7. I don't like the dough in the can. You can get frozen pizza dough in the market, or buy it at any pizza place, at least here you can.
    It looks good, and she gets A for effort.

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  8. This pizza sounds and looks heavenly! I love anything that has basil and pine nuts on it! Yummy!
    I'll be making this. Probably will make 2 and have leftovers for lunch!
    Yummy!
    Yvonne

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  9. Looks yummy and my favorite food anyway....think I will pass this to my daughter...

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  10. Looks like a perfect appetizer ~ love the cheeses, basil and pine nuts! I can see why it was a hit.

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  11. That has my mouth watering. I love the addition of pine nuts!

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  12. I love pizza, i am a fan pizza, i'm addictet...so, please, help!

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  13. I love adding pine nuts to light pasta dishes, adds such nice flavour and texture. Great idea adding to pizza!

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  14. Oooh I love the addition of pine nuts!! This looks totally delicious!

    Sues

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  15. I'm all for taking a short cut now and then and I know my family would love this. I've heard that prepared pizza dough from Trader Joe's is good.

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  16. looks so delicious! A new taste for pizza,thanks for sharing, have a nice sunday Susan!

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  17. wow che meraviglia!!complimenti!!!

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  18. This sounds and looks delicious. Our tomatoes will be "in" soon and I'm looking forward to all dishes that incorporate them! Thanks for sharing!

    Best,
    bonnie

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  19. The toasted pine nuts really caught my attention! I can't wait to toss some on my pizza in the future!

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  20. The pine nuts caught my eye too. I usually make my own dough, but I think I'll try the canned stuff for this one just to see how it compares.

    Cathy, TJ's dough is good. They offer a whole wheat too. We don't have a store here, but used to stop at one in Indy on the way home to visit my mom.

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  21. What a great looking appetizer. I think the ingredient list sounds delicious and your photos sure make it appealing to my tastebuds :)

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  22. I am going to make this tonight! I told Joe yesterday that I was craving pizza. Sounds wonderful Susan.

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  23. It looks like you made a great choice. Simple and delicious!

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  24. It was the perfect choice for that couple, Susan. And they did a great job with it...I like the mixture of provolone and parmesan too. The pine nuts are an unusual touch.
    I noticed we can get a bag of pizza dough in the bakery section of our market. Still haven't tried it though.

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  25. Sounds delicious and the little Italian name makes it even more so! Cheers!

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  26. i love provolone on pizza, my sis's hubby is from wisconsin and when they visit his family she always stop by a family cheese shop, i know four days later I will get a pkg in the mail filled with wonderful cheeses, oh yum

    sweetlife

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  27. There are lots of pizza lovers out there, including myself :)

    Thank you, everyone, for all of the comments!

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  28. I like the combination, especially the toasted pine nuts. I've never used provolone cheese, it looks so good!

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  29. Wow..Looks amazing!!!! /I look forward to your feedback /thanks for this man it was very help
    Pizza Equipment

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